A collage of students at various CAB events throughout the semester. PHOTO COURTESY OF TENZIN TSUENDUE.
BY DYLAN OKENFUSS
The Westminster College Campus Activities Board (CAB) has had difficulties in attracting students to attend events, so this semester the group made an effort to be more proactive in getting students involved.
CAB has increased its presence on social media platforms such as Facebook and has encouraged students to pitch their own ideas. CAB president Lydia Creech, ’19, stated that they have handed out surveys at their events in order to gauge interest in potential future events. This tactic appears to have been effective. Creech stated, “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback in relation to how our current events are going and what kinds of events we can have in the future.”
“I want everyone to know that we take every criticism seriously.” –Lydia Creech, ’19, CAB president.
The surveys collected at every event are reviewed during CAB’s weekly meeting. “I want everyone to know that we take every criticism seriously,” said Creech.
In addition to being more active on social media and listening to feedback from the student body, CAB has also marketed their events in JCI and have posted flyers around campus. By advertising in various places and formats, CAB is hoping to attract different crowds of people.
“I always encourage my chairs by letting them know that if one person comes to an event and has a good time, then it was a successful event,” Creech explained. “We are going to try and provide events that a wide variety of people can go to throughout the year and say that they had fun at an event.”
More students participating in these events will lead to new relationships being formed within the student body and a healthier environment on campus, Creech said: “We hope that if people are enjoying events and having a good time creating relationships with people and memories at Westminster, then they will want to stay and bring their friends, too.”
“I always encourage my chairs by letting them know that if one person comes to an event and has a good time, then it was a successful event.” –Lydia Creech, ’19
Emily Nordsieck, CAB’s creative publicity chair and special events chair, said that her favorite part of the increased student engagement is having the opportunity to get a chance to see and interact with people that she otherwise wouldn’t have.
Notable events that CAB has orchestrated this semester include archery tag, a mystery bus trip, Tattoo Tuesday, comedy nights, a performance by hypnotist David Hall, and the leadership awards.
Students who feel that they can contribute to the student life or campus environment at Westminster can pitch ideas to Lydia Creech by email at LCreech.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can also like the CAB on Facebook by searching Westminster CAB, following the CAB on twitter (@WestMOCAB), or following on Instagram @ westmocab.
Allison Frisella, ’19, and Tenzin Tsuendue, ’19, contributed to the reporting of this story.